Easter Celebrations in Europe

Easter is a popular holiday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every year the Easter Holiday falls on a different date from the previous year. This year the Easter Holiday will occur on April 21. Easter also embarks the culmination of winter and commencement of spring, thus insinuating new beginnings. The Easter Egg symbolizes birthing to fresh inceptions and the Holiday ignites imaginations to colorful renditions of Easter Bunnies, and ornate eggs.

Below are a few variations of celebrating the Easter holiday in different parts in Europe:

Spain: A week before Easter Sunday, also known as The Holy Week, the town of Seville experiences iconic processions on the streets. Men dress up in cloaks and conical hats taper their festive costume. The women wear a mantilla, a traditional black dress. Participants from the processions carry figurines or pasos, depicting biblical stories.

France: In the French town of Haux, on every Easter Monday, a giant omelet made from thousands of eggs is cooked and served to people in the town’s center. This tradition is practiced since 1973. The peculiar celebration is a rundown to the legendary story of the astute ruler, Napoleon who during his visit to the southern town, was so impressed by the preparation that he ordered it for his army the next day.

Hungary: Apart from adhering to the tradition of observing the traditional fast, Lent and by painting the Easter eggs, Easter in Hungary is celebrated by young men pouring water on young women, who in exchange give them beautifully colored eggs.

Germany: Children in Germany are meant to seek hidden eggs. The eggs are believed to be hidden by the Easter bunny.

Sweden: Replicating the American tradition of Halloween, the swede kids dressed in customs and painted as witches, parade through the street and are treated with candies. Moreover the custom of decorating Tree Twigs with feathers of different spring colors to be put in vases is also prevalent.